I am installing an outlet on a porch of a brick house. Do you just knock out
a space for the box and wedge it in or is there some special way in brick? I
presume that you should put a special cover on the outlet to protect from
You certainly can knock out a brick or two and place your outlet in
the opening and replace partial bricks to fill in the space, plus
mortar. I've seen this type of outlet, with spring-loaded outlet
covers on some houses.
However, it might be better to mount an outlet box to the surface of
the bricks. That way would have less damage to the brick surface
(just enough to let the power cable through), but can have similar or
better weather protection. There are weather-resistant outlet boxes
available at most home centers.
It probably depends upon where your outlet is located and whether or
not a lot of water drains down the brick surface. Either way, GFCI!
Been there done this:(
Trust me long term your way better off with a outdoor sealed box just
mounted to the brick!
More secure way less work and no moisture issues causing box rusting
over the years.
I put one in the bricks, admittely over 20 years ago and have redone it
for a variety of reasons over the years. Mostly moisture leaking
inside. I finally left a opening at the bottom so any water that gets
in has a easy way out.
The surface monunted boxes have NEVER had a problem, and some are in
nearly as long.
Thanks for the advise. I doubt if I would get water drainage except from
washing off the porch with a hose, and I'm sure the inset would look better,
but the sealed box sounds more practical. ( If my wife will go along )
If this is for occasional use, and you are tall enough to reach it, look at
putting it in the soffit. Great for Xmas lights, etc. Also usually easier to
get a wire to it. Yes, you need a weather-proof cover. If you do put it in
the brick, you want a weather-proof box as well, since the back of the brick
isn;t always dry. Remember to put a GFCI upstream.
Is this to be installed in an existing brick wall or in a new one? In
either case you install a masonry box with an in use cover and caulk the
hell out of it. There are in use covers that are built into a box so
the cover will not protrude from the wall.
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